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Spondylolisthesis anterior and posterior


I"m new to this message board. I have Spondylolisthesis at L5 which has caused me to have 3 prior back surgeries due to herniation at L5-S1. 1st surgery was a discectomy and then it ruptured and the next 2 were to fix that problem. That all happened 5 years ago. I've had good results in the last 5 years with physical medicine, physical therapy and epidural steroidal injections. However, my back has gone downhill fast..... tons of sciatic pain with very little activity. My current back doctor said they should have fused L5-S1 5 years ago but they didn't and now my back is very unstable....... some MRI's show spond. anterior and some show posterior. All of my doctors (PCM, Physical Med, and Pain Management) say it is time to go back to neurosurgery. I'm scared of a fusion, but I am so limited in what I can do....... Im a 39 yr old female with 2 young boys. Is there anyone on the board who has had an L5-S1 fusion as their 4th surgery. All doctors agree it will be painful and a long recovery, given that it is the 4th surgery. I have Neurosurgery appt at end of April to discuss options......



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